Solar Spot Lights: Four Things To Know Before You Buy

by Owner on March 7, 2011

Whether you would like to add an accent to a walkway or your garden, or simply replace your electric lights with a more sustainable option, solar spot lights can help. They are an eco friendly, energy efficient alternative with none of the problems found in solar lights from years gone by.

When you think of a spotlight you may think of very bright lights used to illuminate sidewalks or billboard signs. The truth is that spot lights range from dim to brilliant, depending on what you wish to illuminate.

Solar spot lights, often used in gardens or accenting an outdoor landscape feature, are designed to run using only the power of the sun. This avoids fossil fuel usage and saves you money. There may also be no unsightly wires to manage, depending on the kind of lights you purchase.

If you think these lights might be for you, here are four things you should know:

1) Solar spot lights come in two distinct types. The first type is where each spot light houses its own solar panel on top of the assembly. Alternatively, you can buy an entire strand of lights that share a single and more powerful solar panel.

2) A solar spot light uses a series of bright LED’s (light emitting diodes) that creates a strong light source for your gardening or accent purposes. The intensity of a particular spot light depends directly on the number of LED lights used in the lighting assembly.

3) Some solar powered spot light systems come with a battery, which is all the better. The sun will power and recharge your spot light’s batteries throughout the day (even in overcast weather) and provide you with light all through the night.

4) The aluminum housing used in quality lights should be air tight and should keep out the elements, allowing for a long lasting product that will serve your needs for many years to come. While buying a cheaper light may be tempting, you’ll save money in the long run by investing in a high quality product instead of having to frequently replace poorly constructed lights.

So why choose solar spot lights? Perhaps you care about ease of operation and installation. Maybe you want to trim your family’s energy budget. Or maybe you are committed to eco friendly living and want to use as much of the sun’s energy as possible. Whatever the reason, you can’t go wrong with modern solar lights that will illuminate your landscape beautifully.

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